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July 27, 2016



Frustrating Weekend Nets Exclusive Autosport A Win in Formula Tour 1600



 
Estep overcomes multiple setbacks to secure a victory?at Circuit Mont-Tremblant Summer Classic

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec  – Despite encountering multiple setbacks over the course of the weekend, Exclusive Autosport scored a victory and earned valuable championship points at the Formula Tour 1600 Summer Classic at Circuit Mont-Tremblant.

Trenton Estep in particular had a weekend of ups and downs in the No. 90 Exclusive Autosport Spectrum Honda. After qualifying on pole in Saturday morning’s qualifying session, he and the team’s other two drivers this weekend – Stirling Fairman in the No. 95, and J.D. Reims in the No. 28 – reported late for post-qualifying inspection, which sent all three cars to the back of the field for the start of race 1.

“It was a completely honest mix-up,” explains Exclusive Autosport team principal Michael Duncalfe. “The whole team had done two straight days of testing, and the routine after each session was to return to the team paddock. They did the same after qualifying as a force of habit. As a team, we take these things very seriously. Moving forward we have implemented a new procedure to ensure these types of mistakes don’t happen again.”

Despite starting from the back, the entire team was ready to fight for a win in Saturday afternoon’s first race of the weekend. Estep led the charge by working his way up to P6 early in the running. Unfortunately, he was dealt a drive-through penalty for what the stewards deemed to be overly aggressive warming of his tires before the green flag, which turned a potential run for a victory into a 6th-place result.

“Even now I’m not sure exactly which rule we broke,” Duncalfe says. “I’m not happy with this penalty. It’s disappointing to say the least. Trenton was definitely on pace to fight for the win.”

Sunday morning’s second race of the weekend was a challenging one for gaining positions as there were three full-course caution periods over its 12 laps. Despite this, Estep was able to get past the polesitter on the first green flag run to take the lead and held it from then until the checkered.

On Sunday afternoon, Estep was well on his way to claiming a second victory in a row until a mechanical failure in the left rear suspension sent him off course and out of the running on the last lap. He was ultimately scored in 11th place.
Sixteen-year-old Stirling Fairman of Miami Beach, Florida, joined Exclusive Autosport for the first time this weekend in the No. 95 Spectrum Honda. This was his first time competing in a car, following on a successful karting career and multiple tests in various formulas.

“The goal for Stirling entering the weekend was to complete every lap of every session and continue to learn and develop,” Duncalfe says. “Given that this was his first experience with a Formula 1600 car and our Spectrum chassis, we were thrilled to see him qualify in the top 10, pass veteran racers on track, and challenge for position in the top 10. He really did an incredible job throughout the entire weekend. There is no doubt this young driver has a very bright future ahead of him in this sport.”

J.D. Reims, a masters driver based in Georgia, also joined North America’s factory Spectrum team this weekend for his first-ever foray into Formula 1600 competition. External obligations forced him to miss the second and third races of the weekend, but he was thrilled with his first outing in race 1 in the No. 28 car.

“Exclusive Autosport did an amazing job this weekend setting up the Spectrum Honda for dry and wet conditions that were constantly changing,” Reims says. “I look forward to being back on the track with the team very soon.”
Overall, Exclusive Autosport wrung some stout results out of some challenging situations this weekend, but as always the team is hungry for more.

“We had some things that didn’t go our way and those were disappointing for sure,” Duncalfe says. “However, we still had many positives that arose out of this weekend. We continue to be the fastest car on track, and we’re making great ground with all of our drivers as they continue their development in F1600. 

“Our attention is turned towards the Toyo Tires F1600 races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this coming weekend and the remainder of the season, where I am confident Exclusive Autosport will return to form.”

Exclusive Autosport returns to the track next weekend as the Ontario-based Toyo Tires F1600 Championship heads to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on July 30 and 31. The team will also be ready for the next event in the Formula Tour 1600 schedule at the historic Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières to be held on August 12 to 14.

Exclusive Autosport Formula Tour 1600 Summer Classic at Mont-Tremblant results:

Trenton Estep (No. 90 Architext / Exclusive Autosport/Spectrum/Honda)
Race 1: 5th / Race 2: 1st / Race 3: 11th

“It was a stressful weekend to say the least. Race two brought some light and showed that Exclusive Autosport’s Spectrum has good speed that let us pull away to a 20-car lead and take home the win.”

Stirling Fairman (No. 95 Exclusive Autosport/Spectrum/Honda)
Race 1: 8th / Race 2: 12th / Race 3: 7th

“This was a great weekend. I learned a lot and found out that Exclusive Autosport and I are a great team. I didn’t have the greatest results, but I’m happy with the amount of progression I made considering it was my first official formula race and first time in the car.”

J.D. Reims (No. 28 Exclusive Autosport/Spectrum/Honda)
Race 1: 12th

“This was my first official Formula 1600 race. The encouragement I got from the crew was fantastic, and the coaching from Michael Duncalfe was exceptional. I look forward to being back on the track with the team very soon.”

About Exclusive Autosport
Formed in 2013 and based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Exclusive Autosport has quickly forged a reputation as being among North America’s premier junior formula outfits. Success came quickly under Michael Duncalfe’s leadership with notable achievements including the 2015 F1600 Formula F Championship and back-to-back driver titles in 2013 and 2014 in the Canadian Toyo Tires F1600 A-Class Championship (Ontario) and the Formula Tour 1600 Championship (Quebec). 
Exclusive Management Inc. is the official North American Importer and Distributor for Spectrum Chassis, designed and produced by Borland Racing Developments in Australia.

About Formula Tour 1600
Quebec’s Formula Tour 1600 series runs 17 races over six venues annually and includes some of the province’s most iconic events such as the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal and the oldest street circuit race in North America, the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. For more information on the series and its schedule, visit http://www.siteformulatour1600.com. 



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